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Mark went in for his last pit stop 4s ahead of Seb on lap 43. As Mark came out, the two grappled wheel to wheel through the first 5 corners for 2 consecutive laps, before Vettel got decisively in front. The sequence of events show that all the talk about Mark being unawares just doesn't add up. Mark was fully aware that Seb (who had better tyres and was on his tail) is going to race him.
Seb was on a different tyre strategy, which was to race flat out at the end of the race with his mediums. He played the early stop tactic at the final pit visit, and this gave him an advantage. He obeyed team order earlier in the race, and did not attack Mark when Mark was unusually slow and backed Vettel into Hamilton. We all know how this race tactic is often deployed to wear down your competitor’s tyres. And Seb, being no fool, was fuming!
Given how the race has turned out at that juncture, i can understand how Vettel might feel insisting on pre-race team order is unfair to him. Surely ne